Sustainable Food Cities

The Sustainable Food Cities Network is a partnership between the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The first phase of their programme, which ran from 2014-17, supported the development of cross-sector food partnerships in twelve cities nationwide, including Newcastle, aiming to raise standards in food culture and sustainability.

Following on from their previous campaigns “Sustainable Fish Cities”, “Beyond The Food Bank” and “Sugar Smart”, the Sustainable Food Cities Network have recently announced that they will join with the Peas Please partnership (which includes Nourish, Food Cardiff, and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership) to deliver a new campaign called Veg Cities, which drives the consumption and promotion of sustainable vegetables. The campaign will be rolled out to the fifty cities in the Sustainable Food Cities network over the coming months and into 2018.

Sustainable Food Cities Network

Food Newcastle is a member of the UK Sustainable Food Cities Initiative. The network is a growing movement of 51 towns, cities, boroughs and regions that share the same approach for transforming food, food culture and who recognise the role of food as a catalyst for change in addressing key economic, environmental and social issues. The network helps places share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practice on important food issues.

Sustainable Food City Award

Over the last year we have been compiling examples of the fantastic food projects being led by communities, the public sector and businesses across Newcastle, to include in our application for Sustainable Food Cities Bronze Award status.

The award is designed to recognise and celebrate the success of places taking a joined up, holistic approach to food and that are achieving significant positive change on a range of key food issues.

The application process lends itself to a truly collaborative effort, shining a light on the achievements and knowledge of a dedicated network of partners working to make significant changes to the food environment of Newcastle. If we are successful this award for our city will be shared by all partners.

Our final application is due for submission at the end of April 2019 and we will learn if we have been successful in June 2019.